Farm Policy News

Federal Budget a Mixed Bag for Rural Priorities

The discussion on federal spending begins each year with release of the president’s budget. This year, there is both good and bad news for small towns and rural communities.

Let’s start with the bad news, because it’s on the important topic of conservation. The president proposes to cut conservation program spending by $859 million. Over half of that would come from cutting three million acres, or $486 million, from the Conservation Stewardship Program.

Coalition of Farm and Rural Groups Celebrates 25 Years

During August at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition summer meeting, we helped celebrate the coalition’s 25th anniversary. In 1988, the Center for Rural Affairs, and many other family farm and rural organizations, helped create the coalition.

It formed out of a simple desire. The founding groups wanted to work together to have a positive impact on federal agriculture policy to strengthen family farming livelihoods, rural communities, and natural resources.

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